So, let's get started!
After work, we headed home to finish packing and then got on the road! We stopped at our favorite BBQ place, Mac's, for dinner and then finished the journey. We ran into a horrible storm about 45 minutes out, and it was pretty treacherous for a bit with endless lightening and thunder. We finally rode through it, but then hit a second patch closer to town. When we made it to the hotel, we checked in and then braved the rain again to make a stop at Lincoln Street, a cozy wine bar down the street. There was live music (moved inside because of the weather), and we enjoyed some yummy wine. We made a final stop at Der Daiwel, the goth bar, for a coffee to end the night.
We woke up in our favorite place!!! Chris went for a short run, and then we headed to Hilda's for delicious breakfast burritos. Shaylee and her husband, Austin, were in town for the day too (their anniversary is the same day as ours!), and they actually showed up at Hilda's at the same time! So we ate breakfast together, and that was so nice!
From there, we got ready for our day, and then headed downtown Main Street to do our shopping. We know the shops we like and the shops we don't, so it doesn't take us too long to do the strip. We found a few goodies, and snapped a few shots of the quaintness.
From there, we made our way to Grape Creek for lunch! Since our last visit, they have built a restaurant and added on to their wine club member patio. It is so nice! We had pizza and a panini there, and they were both so tasty!! Very impressed. After we ate, we moved up to the original patio, and Shaylee and Austin joined us here as well. We spent a relaxing afternoon with them, talking and laughing. Shaylee recently received a membership to the wine club for her birthday, so this was their first time on the patio. So fun!
|The new restaurant at Grape Creek|
|Mr. Baber, starting to relax!!|
|Stitch Fix tank :) and my favorite hat (wore it alllll week!) on the Fiesta Winery patio|
Sunday started off in the most fabulous way!! Saturday evening, Chris presented me with an anniversary gift -- a custom designed card (designed by Ms. Kathy), and it promised me a ONE HOUR massage the following morning at the Hoffman Haus spa!!! My appointment was at 11:00, and I was very impressed with the Hoffman Haus altogether. They have adorable cabins there that we may need to try out on a future visit...and the masseuse Gabby was wonderful! It was a perfect hour spent, and she worked out some of the tension in my shoulders and neck. Ahhhh!
|The little cottage where the massage took place|
|The property was so beautiful!|
|While I was getting my massage, Chris enjoyed coffee on the hotel porch, in the rocking chair -- doing his reading for the upcoming management retreat at the end of the month.|
For lunch, we decided to try out a new place -- Alamo Springs Cafe. A number of people had mentioned it during the trip already, so we figured we needed to try it out. Their burger was voted the best burger in Texas by Texas Monthly -- and we would both have to agree! It was pretty darn delicious!!!! The restaurant is out in the middle of nowhere, about 10 minutes from town. We pulled up to this tiny, country building...who knew! The burger was definitely worth the drive!
|I had my burger with blue cheese crumbles and avocado...mmmmmm!|
|This photo doesn't do the Pedernales view any justice...it is so pretty!|
|Inside at Hilmy|
|On the hay bales, on the Hilmy patio|
|One of the three big Hilmy dogs -- this is Simon, and then there was Lucy and Bella as well.|
|Chris really liked the wine at Hilmy -- he did a tasting |
and bought some bottles to enjoy at home
|One of the hard working chickens at Hilmy!|
So that concludes post #1 -- stay tuned for more trip details!